Winter Propagation

I dug up 3 big clumps of my prized Primula, more lovingly called cowslips.  Gertrude Jekyll taught me that to propagate Primula is easy.  I brought in this big bucket of Primula to illustrate to the men, hands on, how to gently tease apart the tender roots and pot them up for winter.
The divided plants will spend the freezing months in the cold frames but emerge ready to pop into the ground come spring.
We divided these last year in class and then planted them at the prison garden.
Did you know that Primula are evergreens?  You can really see that now that it is December.
I then had the men draw what they had done.  A fantastic way to understand a plant is to divide and draw.

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